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This past Thursday we competed in a cake contest sponsored by the Somerset Art Association. The “Let Them Eat Cake” contest’s theme was the celebration of spring. We created the “Bloom of the Ball” which was a nature inspired party dress adorned with sugar roses, vines, and leaves hanging on a dress form.

The cake was a sour cream orange zest cake filled with pistachio and white chocolate buttercream. It was a really great experience creating this 46″ tall cake, although its transportation to Bedminister Fiddler Elbow’s country club was a little daunting…not to mention our air brush machine overheated and blew out every fuse in our store the night before! This forced us to hand paint the cake…but it all worked out in the end.

We were so excited to win the “Show Stopper” award. I couldn’t have done it without my staff. Thanks for all of your hard work…and keeping me sane through this past reaaaallly long week!

Mannequin Dress Form Cake with Roses Sew Fashion

Mannequin Dress Form Cake with Roses

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  1. Dana says:

    Beautiful. definitely a show stopper!

  2. Nicki says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. Anne, you’ve outdone yourself here! How did you even DO that??

    Really, that is one of the most amazing cakes I’ve ever seen. Bravo!!

  3. Annie says:

    Oh my God Anne!! This cake is absolutely amazing!!
    Apart from being absolutely breath-taking, how did you manage to keep the cake vertical?? It is really a wonder!

    Oh, by the way, I just wanted to tell you that your cakes (all of them) are really inspirational to me…when it comes to make cakes for family and friends, your ideas are always the first that I look to for inspiration… thank you so much for putting them in you blog!
    (I’d like very very much to have a cake done by you, but…alas…I live in Italy, and it would be a bit impossibile to ship the cake without problems! ;-))

    Hugs and many compliments!
    Annie

  4. OMG, congratulations. This is a truly divine cake and we’re so inspired! Thank you from your sisters in Australia! xo

  5. [...] for a gorgeous cake for any occasion, and this one has won my favour forever more! Our friends at Pink Cake Box created this incredible Sweet 16 party cake in a dress form with the name, “Bloom of the [...]

  6. Ferwa says:

    Wow Congratulations, that is truly amazing! and i totally agree with Nicki!

  7. Ferwa says:

    Im a total fan of Pink Cake Box! :D

  8. Karen says:

    STUNNING! This is the most beautiful cake, you and your team are simply amazing. Congratulations!

  9. Erinn Tucker says:

    Congratulations Anne! This is a truly beautiful cake; you are so talented. I love to look at all of your new creations each week.

  10. Anne says:

    Dana & Nick – Thanks. The cake required a lot of engineering beforehand to ensure the stand was stable.

    Kathryn – Thanks for the great post on your blog!

    Annie – Thanks for your message – I’m glad we were able to help inspire you.

    Karen, Erinn & Ferwa – Thanks so much :)

  11. Stephanie Johnson says:

    So Amazing!!

  12. Ruth says:

    wow. as a cake hobbiest, I LOVE your work. this one is absolutely stunning!

  13. nayeli says:

    Dear Anne,
    Your cake is amazing I cannot believe my eyes… it sooo beautiful !!!! And even tough sour cream orange zest cake filled with pistachio and white chocolate sounds delicious I will not eat it, I would keep it as long as I could.
    I am a very big fan of your cakes, thank you for sharing them.

  14. montee says:

    Beautiful! This cake defies gravity! That is some engineering job!

  15. Kris says:

    I couldn’t wait to see if you put this on your site. My 13 year old son came home the other day and was telling me how he saw this when he was riding into town.

  16. Elsie says:

    I’ve been a silent reader and admirer but I’ve just gotta speak up this time. How did you do it? It’s not a piece of cake. (pun intended). Absolutely amazing.
    Elsie from Malaysia

  17. Betty says:

    Hi, i have my mouth open :O…its so amazing all that you do…!!!! It’s so lovely. Congratulations, your job is an art. You should come to Mexico and give us some lessons. ;).

  18. Susan says:

    Sorry for wrinting in spanish,,,, pero esto es maravilloso!!! estoy enamoradisima de esta pagina y de los pasteles

  19. Anne says:

    Susan & Betty – Gracias!

    Elsie – Thanks I’m glad we inspired you to comment :)

    Thanks to everyone else!

  20. cristina says:

    esta hermoso el pastel mui bonito ami me gustaria que me dieran el numero de telefono de esta pasteleria porke me gustaria que me hisieran un pastel asi bien bonito como todos los pateles que estan en esta pagina.

  21. Melissa says:

    That is gorgeous!! I can’t believe that is a cake! Oh wait…yes I can! You guys are awesome!!! Congrats on winning the award. You all definately deserved it!!!

  22. Anne says:

    Thanks Melissa!

  23. Estrella says:

    me parese lo mas hermoso en pasteles, serie fabuloso existieran decoradores tan exelentes en mexico, lamentablemente solo copiamos, pero ojala pudieras poner alguna sucursal por aca , sobre todo aca en el norte, torreon coah. mex

  24. Carolyn says:

    I stumbled upon your page this morning and canNOT believe this! I would never even attempt to do something like this, but would LOVE if you typed a mini- tutorial – – – only because I have NO CLUE how this was done! Is the dress form cake also? HOW MANY hours (yours and staff) did this take? I’m going to bookmark your site and will be back many times. What an awesome cake!! Carolyn

  25. Nino says:

    Hi Anne :) This is an amazing cake! And I say that as someone who has grown up around cakes. My mom shares your passion for designing and baking, and has likewise grown a business very similar to Pink Cake Box in Cebu, Philippines: Chedz Designer Cakes. She has been doing this since before I was born and now she has passed it down to my younger sister. Me and my bro recently made a website for her, inspired no less than by Pink Cake Box :) http://www.chedzcakes.com/

  26. Melanie says:

    Anne,

    As a fellow decorator I have been an admirer of your work for sometime and have also been inspired by you on many occasions. This time, however, I’m speechless. This is just gorgeous. I can’t imagine how you delivered it, just the thought of it sends shivers down my spine. You and your team of artists really outdid yourselves this time in the most exquisite way.
    Congratulations!

    Melanie

  27. Anne says:

    Melanie – Thanks so much for your comment – it’s flattering to receive praise from other cake decorators. You are right delivery was a challenge – I had to sit in the back and make sure the cake held steady during the entire ride.

  28. Anne says:

    Carolyn – thanks for your comment. The cake was quite an effort and took a few days from start to finish. Most of the dress form was cake with the exception of the very top which we carved out of Styrofoam.

    Nino – congratulations on your new website and store. Thanks for your comment.

  29. Christy says:

    Unbelievable! Your work is amazing!

  30. valeria misuraca says:

    ciao sono valeria dall italia precisamente dalla sicilia
    ti volevo fare i complimenti per queste meravigliose torte ,è davvero un peccato che tu non sei qui in italia :-((,comprerei torte solo da te!!!!
    one kiss

  31. Cait says:

    I have never seen anything like this. Beyond gorgeous. Hard to believe that you could make this out of cake and icing! I have to blog this — kudos to you and your staff. Now the next question . . . what will you do next year? : )

  32. Anne says:

    Christy – Thanks!

    Valeria – I can’t read Italian, but I assume you are complementing our work :)

    Cait – Thanks for your comment and your post at LaptopBride.com

  33. Wendy says:

    Anne!

    This brings TEARS to my eyes! I’m not kidding! How lovely and beautifully creative! I’m a big fan and THIS IS WHY!!

    Thank you for pushing all of us cake artists to the next level! You are an amazing designer and an inspiration in your our rite.

    Continued success to you and your awesome staff!

    -wendy
    http://www.hautecakesandcookies.com

  34. Anne says:

    Thanks so much for your comment Wendy. Love your work!

  35. Alinka says:

    oooohhhhhhh!!!!!!!! wow!!!!! this is so originalistic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Emzii says:

    umm hi i’m emzii umm just checking out ur cakes n i really want one but den i luked at the address and ur in AMERICA and im in AUSTRALIA. i think u shoud make a shop over i australia coz i reelee luv ur cakes!!!! Make one in perth WA city area Hay street ect and i will buy so many of ur cakes. My m8s luv em too! U made myday frm emzii

  37. DANY says:

    ITS INCREDIBLE, THE CAKES ARE BEAUTIFUL,

  38. Patricia Reynosa says:

    Muy bonito y original. So beautiful and original. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Tracey says:

    Wow!!! This is beyond gorgeous. It absolutely took my breath away. You deserved to win the show stopper award and so much more. Keep up the good work!

  40. Anne says:

    Alinka, Dany – Thanks for your comments…

    Patricia – Gracias!

    Tracey – thanks for your kind words and encouragement :)

  41. szofi says:

    are sooo beautiful
    i like it
    i want allll
    congractulations

  42. Jamie says:

    Absolutely incredible – I can’t believe that is a cake – standing and clapping!!

  43. Jeanine says:

    Wow!! You did a fantastic job! That is amazing!

  44. Ashley says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous! I can’t believe that’s really a cake, it’s so perfect! That is really some outstanding work!

  45. Celine says:

    this cake looks amazing! you’ve made it look like it weighs nothing too! excellent job! congratulations!

  46. Lori says:

    This is a show stopper alright. Absolutely breathtaking! It looks like it is made of ceramic, the gloss, the perfection. SO PRETTY!

  47. Mansi says:

    This is really amazing! I just caanot gget my eyes off that dress, arr, cake! wonderful! kudos on the award, all your team’s ahrd work shows up there:) wish you good luck in everything ahead!

  48. MAYRA says:

    ME GUSTAN MUCHO SUS CAKES SOY DE MEXICO QUIERO
    VERCAKES DE QUINCEÑERAS

  49. Connie says:

    Oh my goodness! That is the most fabulous cake I have ever seen! A true work of art that definitely deserved to win first place. It is perfect!

  50. Cassandra says:

    I Just wanted to say that your cakes are awesome You have a very special gift, keep it up.

    I wanted to know do you deliver cakes? live in Pa.

    Thanks and keep doing the great job that you are doing.

    Cassandra

  51. Anne says:

    Hi Cassandra – We do deliver cakes. Click here to contact us for more information.

  52. kelly says:

    Man, it’s so beautiful…makes you wanna wear one! Blogged, dugg and stubled! :D

  53. Tina says:

    OH WOW that is stunning, elegant absolutely beautiful!!!

  54. Just wanted to let you know that this is the most AMAZING cake I have ever seen. Tomorrow I will be using it as an inspiration for a card I made. Thanks for sharing, you all do such FABULOUS work!!

  55. SHANTHA says:

    hey………
    what a marvolous cakes ………….i love this amazing all……..

  56. Fiona says:

    Wow, do people actually eat something as beautiful as that? I’m sure I never could bring myself to… for a while at least.

    I don’t suppose you deliver to the UK eh?

  57. Anne says:

    Fiona – thanks so much for your comment. No deliveries to UK…maybe in the future when we open a Pink Cake Box UK affiliate? :)

  58. Barbara says:

    ITS AMAZING !!!!!!!!!! PLEASE tell me the type of frosting or icing

  59. Anne says:

    Barbara – we decorated the dress in fondant

  60. Lola says:

    Beautiful, gorgeous, incredible and last but not least unique. Bravo!!!!!!!!!!

  61. Cyndi says:

    Too beautiful and amazing for words!

  62. All that I can say is WOW!

  63. Shelby Alexa says:

    omg !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!my 16 the thime of my party is fashion and i saw this and now am inspired !!!!!!!! now i fave a idea! to bad you guys cant diliver to puerto rico jaajj lol muchas gracias esta bello este biscocho ‘

  64. Lisa says:

    Great cake! I drove by your store, saw the website, came home and looked you up. Absolutely amazing! You should be very proud!!

  65. Anne says:

    Thanks Lisa – we appreciate the local support :)

  66. romina says:

    hello that such
    who sincerely beautiful pastels
    I am in love with these cakes
    and I would like to know
    whether they have thought about selling them in mexico
    or export them to mexico
    because here there is no such cakes so beautiful and then you need to have that kind of cakes so beautiful for super special events
    I really want to sell here

    1. Anne says:

      Maybe one day Romina :)

  67. Harriett says:

    Beautiful cakes, I think the party dress is my favorite. How long does it take you to frosting and dress a cake? Wonderful talent.

  68. Debra Lackey says:

    This ‘Party Dress Cake’ is awesome and a very deserved “Show Stopper” award. My daugher is getting married in January and if I lived closer, I would definately check out your cakes.

  69. Jessica says:

    wow! this is amazing!

    what happened to it? did you try to save it or just eat it? ( with help of many others of course… no one could eat all that alone!)

    it’s an amazing accomplishment! well done… keep it up … all the other stuff people say .

    jessica xx

  70. Anne says:

    Thanks Jessica! After the event we had a luncheon and they cut up and served the cake during the luncheon. I have to admit it was hard to see them cut into the cake!

  71. Isabel says:

    Amazing! I can’t believe your work!.It’s very nice and delicate!.
    Tu trabajo es una preciosidad,en Espanol es tan facil decir lo maravilloso que decoras las tortas!
    Ahh,Como quisiera vivir cerca y estar como Interna, y aprender tus tecnicas,pienso que no es complicado,pero son detalles muy minuciosos.
    Soy de Ecuador ,pero vivo en Iowa.Espero conocerte un dia en persona.Continua tu trabajo porque esto es tu pasion.
    Isabel
    http://www.cakesbyisabel.com

  72. shisho says:

    amazing!

  73. Its Very bautiful… Love yours Cake

  74. Chernique Applewhaite says:

    do you guys make cakes for sweet sixteens. If so i will totally like it if you guys make my cake, my theme for my party is Fashion Around the World. i will keep checking my mail for a response.

    thanks a honey bunches of oats!!!!!

    1. Anne says:

      Hi Chernique – we do create sweet 16 cakes. Contact us for more information.

  75. Angie says:

    wouw!!
    its the best cake ever…!!
    how did you do that!!??
    oh my Gosh..!!
    i love that cake
    i just can’t believe it!!!!!!

  76. Angie says:

    hi…!!
    im from mexico
    i will talk to u in spanish:
    wow esto es asombroso
    eso es imposible
    t debe de aber dolido mucho partirlo i ver
    como se lo comen…!
    como quisiera vivir mas cerca
    e inmediatamente ir a ver uno de esos pasteles..
    :( que lastima porque me que da muy lejos
    pero sino me voi volando a comprar uno para mi fiesta ..!! :P

  77. Tammy says:

    waooooooooooooow! peerffectoz
    yo qiero uno qe es de un piano soy musica
    y me encanta en mexico no hay algo aasi?

  78. Kristen Kindzierski says:

    Anne,
    I am so proud of you for following your dreams. You are doing what you love and you are so terrific at it! Hope all is well…

  79. Cyndi G. says:

    What an astonishing work of art. I was wondering, how many people does a cake like that feed? Also, why haven’t I seen you on the Food Network Challenges!? I don’t think I’ve missed an of the cake decorating challenges, and I can honestly say, that I’ve yet to see anything so beautiful. Let me know if you open up in Montreal Canada!

    1. Anne says:

      Hi Cyndi – thanks for your comment. This cake feeds around 100 people. And we have been on two Food Network challenges. The first one has already aired, but the second one will be airing on May 17th @ 8:00pm EST.

  80. Peggy Gorman says:

    This is the most amazing cake I have ever seen . Beautiful!!

    1. Anne says:

      Thanks Peggy!

  81. Agnes says:

    I must say ur cakes are nothing but amazing…u have the most creative thinking w.r.t cakes I should say. Keep it up..who knows I will order your wedding cake for my bro’s wedding…:-)

  82. Jill says:

    Your cakes are works of art, what a wonderful way to bring people joy with your talent!

  83. Najia says:

    Anne,

    I must say, to me, this is the most extraordinary art form I have ever seen. Just like you, ive always been interested in baking cakes and decorating since the age of 6 and up until now, 16 years later. I come from a small town in Tennessee and a conservative Pakistani family and ended up as an accountant. Decorating cakes is my passion and always has been, but I don’t have many resources where I live so I visit webistes, read book and search for blogs living vicariously through other cake entusiasts. I never realized, until I came across your website, how a cake could be transformed into something so magnificant. Anne, you have inspired me to follow my dreams and your beautiful confections have ignited an even greater passion for decoating cakes. Thank you.

    1. Anne says:

      Najia – thanks so much for your wonderful comment. I enjoyed reading it. I wish you the best of luck in following your passions and I’m glad we were able to help inspire you. Best of luck and I wish you best of success!

  84. Valeria says:

    wow, amazing!!!I like it!

  85. haley says:

    omg that is the most wonderful cake out of all of the cakes u have ever made

    xoxoxo luv haley

  86. haley says:

    omg that is the most wonderful cake out of all of the cakes u have ever made

    haley

  87. These cakes are incredible. Thank you so much Anne, for your beautiful spirit, which shows up
    in your edible art form. Sooo inspiring, Hopefully you’ll open a second shop in Virginia some day! :-)

    1. Anne says:

      Thanks Sraddha! We’ll let you know once we open up shop in VA.

      1. karuna says:

        What an amazing and beautyfull cakes had you made

        1. Karnan says:

          I am having a sweet sixteen and i have no idea on how i can do everything according to like punk rock theme. if you can give ideas for like the entire party. like the dress, the decorations, the cake, etc. some bands that i like are uh paramore, my chemical romance, panic! at the disco, flyleaf, fallout boy, bullet for my valentine, taking back sunday, cute is what we aim for, we the kings, things like that. i also love pink and black, and zebra prints.I like it..!!!

  88. Evelyn says:

    What an amazing and stunning cake! Not only does it look beautiful on the outside but the inside sounds heavenly too!

  89. Sara B. says:

    Oh, my. I want that cake and I want that dress. Contrats. That’s just fabulous.

  90. emily says:

    O.m.g!

    This cake is so perfect its weird! Not that I think its weird, but when see stuff like that my brain explodes by all the awesomeness!

    P.S I will always remember that dress I mean cake.

  91. Taylor says:

    WOW!!!! what a wonderful cake.It looks really good!!!! i was doing a project and i saw a dress that was a cake,and i was like i have to see this so i clicked on it and i saw the most coolest cake!!!!!!!!!!

  92. Senem Koc says:

    hi im from turkey, i want this cake for my wedding party .very beautiful so nice really

  93. katia says:

    it´s very, very beautiful…..

  94. Ana Paula says:

    Fantastic Project. I love it.

  95. Mafernanda! says:

    wooow your cakes is very nice! is betiful!!

  96. Maggie says:

    OMG – this cake is INSANE, I LOVE it!!!! It is absolutely gorgeous. What wonderful work you do. I’m having a difficult enough time trying to do a plain old 4 tier cake, lol – nothing sculptural about it.

  97. SWEET RETREATS says:

    Hi from Houston TX I also am a cake designer and I have to say this is outstanding!!!!!
    It’s really hard to find bakers that not only make cakes but works of art it’s all about the moment… Thanks bunches and 5 Stars all the way.

  98. Sandy says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Looks like you can just take it off the rack and put it on. I love it!!

  99. abbie says:

    WOW i love this!
    i do wish you could send them to the UK.

  100. nell says:

    its truly beautiful….. if i have this cake for me…..i dont have the heart to cut if but will just admire it. i wish i could do one like this for my 42nd coming birthday. your blog really gives me the inspiration to take up cake decorating course since i am very passionate about baking and decorating cakes. when i saw your cakes in your blog it gives me more motivation to learn cake decorating. Keep it up and hope to see more amazing cakes from you.

  101. raquel says:

    osea estan super cool quisiera uno de esos oseaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  102. miranti says:

    Hello, Anne..I’m from Indonesia. I accidentally bump into your blog. Gosh…this cake is amazing! And all that i can tell is you and your staff are really brilliant! You guys are soooo creative! Love all the ideas, especially this one and the Nintendo Groom’s Cake. O yeah, don’t forget the Basket of Yarns Cake. I can’t even imagine how you did it because it has a very magnificent details. If i live in your country, i would definitely order one from you. ;)

  103. Wow, that is just absolutely amazing!

  104. Terry says:

    Fantastic! I love all of your cakes and your business is an inspiration!

  105. Olivia says:

    I JUST LOVE THIS CAKE! ITS SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!

  106. Olivia says:

    I would totally wear that dress if it wasnt edilble!

  107. Basak says:

    Are you crazy??? This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!
    I am gonna marry my husband again and get this one : )
    Amazing… Really..
    Loves,
    Basak

  108. Becky says:

    Oh, my goodness, the party dress cake is indeed a show stopper; wow, it is awesome!

    I followed a link on Cake Wrecks to your site and I’m just in awe of all of your creativeness!

    Keep up the good work!

    Becky

  109. Jennifer says:

    Hi, ur cakes are amazing.. i just wonder where did u lear to make them? of course u most be a pastry chef… i really would like to know to what school did u went! tyyy

    1. Anne says:

      Hi Jennifer – I went to the French Culinary Institute in New York City.

  110. Signe Gardo says:

    Hi; Your cakes, ideas and execution are all amazing and inspiring, a boost to my week every Monday !
    Your web site and blog are maintained perfectly, Bravo !!
    an old guard baker, Signe

    1. Anne says:

      Wow – thanks Signe!!

  111. Sil says:

    Hi Anne.

    I’m visiting your site for the first time. Certainly not the last time! This is an AMAZING piece of edible art. You are a true artist and talent. Congratulations!

    I’m a newbie to cake decorating (only at it for really about 8 months now). Learning something new everyday…I suspect I would learn MUCH faster watching someone like you. What I wouldn’t do to spend a week in your shop…If ever you are looking for a shadow…let me know ;o)

    Sil

    1. Anne says:

      thanks for visiting…sorry but we don’t have shadowing opportunities…don’t have enough room and could never accommodate all the requests we get :)

  112. Anna says:

    Hello im from Germany and bumped into that block accidently. You have a great skil to make such amazing cakes :)) i like it very much. thank you

  113. Adri says:

    Your cakes are amazing. You are an inspiration to all.
    kind regards
    Adri
    chairlady of the South African Cake decorators Guild Pretoria East

    1. Anne says:

      Thanks Adri!

  114. Seniya_DBG says:

    Anne I think this cake is work of art!!! I love it !
    My favorite part about this cake is details and beautiful colors.

  115. hola! yo vivo en mexico, vi tu blog y quede impresionada lo que me mata es que creo no pueden mandar pedidos por lo que lei.
    habria alguna manera de que se pueda hacer alguna excepcion??? o me podrian recomendar otro lugar donde pueda mandar a hacer mi “cake”??
    sus diseños estan geniales, mando saludos!!!!!!!!
    bye

  116. Elise says:

    Oh. My. Gosh.
    I want this as my wedding dress!!! It is amazing!!

  117. Rebecca says:

    wow! amazing cakes! i am currently in 9th grade and looking into becoming a pastery chef and make gorgeus cakes like these!
    Seeing this has been so inspiring to me. thank you

  118. Jurgita says:

    Hello, Anne! My mom came across your website by accident and showed to me knowing I am obsessed with such things. And boy did I love it. From now I am your biggest fan for your cakes looks absolutely divine! Wish I could be as talented as you are ;)

    1. Anne says:

      Thanks for the comment and thanks for stopping by Jurgita!

  119. Lorraine says:

    Your cakes are simply amazing!!! You make me proud to live in Denville. If I could turn the clock back 5 year I totally would have gotten my Bat Mitzvah cake from you.

    1. Anne says:

      Thanks Lorraine – we are proud to be located in Denville!

  120. Ingrid Lee says:

    This cake is absolutely divine! I saw it in my newsfeed on facebook…so beautiful.

    1. Anne says:

      Thanks Ingrid!

  121. Mary Carden says:

    Hi Anne: I would love to be able to take classes from you. You are wonderful. I am just a novice cake decorator and hope that I will some day be as good as you and your staff. I love your cakes and I understand why the Dress Cake was the Show Stopper. Its my favorite. Mary from Texas

    1. Anne Heap says:

      awww.thanks Mary for both the comment and kind words! I hope to start classes back up when things slow down in the winter timeframe.

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